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  • Blog
    Fri, 9 Jan 2015
    ArticleA Sense of Quiet in the Whirl

    Last time I wrote, my father was in the ICU at Duke University hospital with an unknown disease that was attacking his brain. A grand mal seizure was just one of the extreme displays of this mysterious illness. A couple of days before Christmas he was sent home, only to go back to the hospital on Christmas morning. He is now home again,... more...

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    Thu, 8 Jan 2015
    ArticleNew Year's in Paris

    This was to be a New Year's blog, resplendent with well wishes of joy for the months to come and aspirations for peace, both for each of us individually and for our world weary from a year of brutal headlines--from Nigeria to the Ukraine, from Syria to Staten Island. Yet, within the first week of 2015, we are again assaulted by... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 8 Jan 2015
    ArticleBreak the Cycle of Shame!

    What does it mean to stand up and speak out? How much are you willing to sacrifice to make your story heard? Nadia Manzoor, writer, performer, comedian, and cultural critic, will go all the way. A Pakistani Muslim raised in a conservative home in progressive London, she grew up a cultural yoyo, bouncing between the paradoxical cultural... more...

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    Thu, 8 Jan 2015
    ArticleLater, ISAF. Proud to Have Been a Part.

    The New Year brought more than just our personal resolutions for change, but also the end of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan and the beginning of the Resolute Support mission. True Boots author Kristen Rouse, veteran of three tours in Afghanistan and Defense Council member of the... more...

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    Tue, 23 Dec 2014
    ArticleAnd Now, the Assassination of Two Police Officers

    Tragically, it seemed almost inevitable. After weeks of protests across the nation decrying aggressive police behavior, two New York City officers were ambushed and “assassinated” in broad daylight as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooting was random. The officers killed were not related in any way... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 22 Dec 2014
    ArticleFrom The Pulpit: The Names We Must Speak In Church

    A few weeks ago, I had the honor of preaching at my home congregation in Pittsburgh, PA. As it was the first Sunday in Advent, I knew that my topic would have something to do with looking to what the Biblical text said about the return of Jesus to inform us about waiting for His birth. As the date grew closer, the non-indictment of... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 19 Dec 2014
    ArticleWhy Racial Justice Matters To Believe Out Loud

    On November 24, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. Believe Out Loud laments this decision and the continued devaluation of black lives in the United States of America. Unfortunately, our community’s response to two posts we shared about the... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 17 Dec 2014
    ArticleToys for Tots: Service Together Joins the Marines!

    You know it’s going to be a good day when the mercury rises to 50 degrees in December, like it has here in New York City this week. Monday was a GREAT day! Service Together kicked off its first official community service project event with the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. With... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 17 Dec 2014
    ArticleThis holiday season I fall on my knees

    Four weeks ago my father was driving home from a friend’s house, a drive he has made many times over the last 20 years, and he got lost. Then, he could not remember his password to his phone and computer. Two days later he could not get out of bed. When my stepmom brought him his cello, which he has played since he was five years... more...

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    Wed, 17 Dec 2014
    ArticleBiryani Not Bombs

    The world is mourning the news of the Taliban bombing of the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, where over 140 students and staff were murdered. In light of this tragedy Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has lifted the ban on the death penalty. According to Foreign Policy, he recently stated that he will... more...

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